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Death Cab for Cutie – Codes and Keys Remixes

14 Nov

;”>Death Cab For Cutie has been releasing remixes off their upcoming remix EP of Codes and Keys, due out November 21nd. The first was the Cut Copy remix of Doors Unlocked and Open, which is just phenomenal in my opinion.

Death Cab For Cutie – Doors Unlocked and Open (Cut Copy Remix)

RAC has a knack for taking indie songs and pumping them up to sound a little more dancey, so it is no suprise Death Cab for Cutie looked to the Remix Artist Collective to remix the song Boys.

Death Cab For Cutie – Boys (RAC Remix)

Everything Dillon Francis touches turns to pure gold. This remix is no different. Dillon put his moombah-electro “Nu Jump Up” feel on the indie soon to be hit and the outcome is calmness and bliss into party and bass.

Death Cab For Cutie – Underneath the Sycamore (Dillon Francis Remix)

Keep an eye out for Death Cab‘s new album to be released on November 22nd, and keep up with the artist in the meanwhile follow them on Facebook & SoundCloud



The Weeknd- Thursday

25 Aug

After proving himself as an R&B sensation with House of Balloons, The Weeknd added another mixtape to his collection of awesome music. His new mixtape Thursday includes more vibrant tracks furthermore displaying his raw singing ability. Along with the extraordinary production, all the elements make for a all around must listen mixtape. Grab it here!

The Weeknd- The Zone Feat. Drake

The Weeknd- The Birds Part 1.

The Weeknd- Rolling Stone




Rock Rotation

22 Jul

Lately, I’ve been trying to keep a balanced diet with my music listening. This equates to more rock mixed in with electronic music and even some classical for kicks. I just got some new earbud headphones, so I’ve been going through the different genres of music to test them out. These are some songs that have been in rotation for the past week or so. Take a break from EDM and get down to some rock.

Portugal. The Man- Senseless

Foster the People- Helena Beat

Phish- Free

The Black Keys- She’s Long Gone



New Red Hot Chili Peppers if you haven’t already heard!




Coachella 2011 Recap

29 Apr

For me, it was an event categorized more by experiences than music. With that being said, here’s my take and a few jams dedicated to the best party around.

Friday began with some heavy sunshine and even heavier dubstep. As usual, 12th Planet threw down an energetic, crowd-pleasing set. Dubstep’s American embassador has great taste for new music and tons of stage presence. He stood on the DJ booth a few times during the slower points of the set to get the crowd amped. I have yet to be disappointed by one of 12th Planet’s performances.

I was able to catch bits of Excision and Skrillex‘s sets between trips to the beer garden. Both kept the crowd jumping with their bass-filled soundtracks to nondescript horror movies. The live collaboration between Skrillex and a few members of Korn was a highlight.

After a house version of “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”, the Sahara tent shifted gears for the breakthrough hip-hop group, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. Despite all the negative press regarding their performance, Odd Future was one of my favorite acts all weekend. Reminiscent of an old-school punk show, the group
did their best to incite a riot. The chaos of the set featured chants of “Wolf Gang!” and “Fuck the Police!”, crowd surfing, moshpits, some daring stunts by Tyler the Creator, and all around anarchy. Shout out to Big Tuna for keeping the party alive during this one!

Tyler the Creator-French (Toro y Moi Remix)


Once OFWGKTA ended, I had a brief time grab another drink, catch my breath, and enjoy some of A-Trak‘s feel-good combination of hip-hop and house. The transition between a cut-up, scratch-happy version of “All of the Lights” and “6’ 7′” was definitely a highlight.

What can I say about Afrojack that hasn’t been said already? This was the third Afrojack set I have had the pleasure to experience and it was unquestionably the best, and my favorite set of Coachella 2011. His ability to combine original, mind-blowing music with flawless, extended build-ups has always left me amazed. A testament to this was the presence of none other than Sir Paul McCartney. If music royalty has the good sense enjoy your set, your doing something right. I strive to think this is a sign of the upcoming dominance of electronic music.

Afrojack and Adele- Rolling in the Right (DEFEP Bootleg)



After a few shenanigans, I made it over the main stage to catch rock heavy-hitters, The Black Keys and Kings of Leon. Both bands tore the main stage up, with slashing guitar melodies and true southern rock style. I can’t wait to catch The Black Keys again at Bonnaroo!

The last portion of the night was dedicated to raging with some talented DJs. Boys Noize was on his game as usual, keeping the Sahara Tent going with his crazy, German techno sound. Hearing him drop his Daft Punk remix was a highlight for me. House legends, The Chemical Brothers, were given the main stage honor and they took full advantage of it. The HEAVY bass the stage had to offer, accompanied by some incredible production, made for one spectacular performance. Here’s another link to a track with the best of both worlds.
The Chemical Brothers- Swoon (Boys Noize Remix)


On Saturday, the weekend took a turn for the stranger. As such, I can no longer give a detailed play by play like Friday. Here are some of the highlights:

Trampled by Turtles fired up the main stage early with their own fast-paced blend of folk, country, and rock. Despite being a band more traditionally suited to play Stagecoach than Coachella, they put on an extremely enjoyable show.
Trampled by Turtles-Wait So Long


Two Door Cinema Club was a cool change of pace. Their light-hearted, indie rock style fit perfectly in the afternoon, and the crowd was loving them.

Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work The Twelves Remix


Chuckie was the only electronic act I caught all day, but he was no disappointment. If there is any dutch house artist comparable to Afrojack, it’s Chuckie. His set, filled with deep bass and toy gun synths, certainly kept the Sahara Tent happy.

Carolina Marquez-Wicked Wow (Chuckie Extended Mix)


The last act to perform on Saturday I feel qualified to discuss is Mumford & Sons. The fast rising popularity of the band is well supported by the serious talent of the members and great music they release. They put on a flawless performance, jamming on each song, and using silence to build tension for their epic crescendos. And with the inclusion of a brass section as backup, it couldn’t have gotten any better.



Sunday was a day I will never forget. It was filled with wandering, see-saw riding, picture taking, H&M tent chilling, sunset watching, great music and amazing friends. Here are a few jams in dedication to the best, most emotion-filled day I have had in a long time.

The Strokes- Under Cover of Darkness

Jack Beats- All Night (feat. John B)

Ratatat-Allure (Jay-Z & Notorious B.I.G.)


Last, but certainly not least, I have the honor of introducing the partnership between WEST LA CNCT and Veloce Hats! Veloce Hats is a Los Angeles based company fueled by the imagination of designer and founder, Cameron Picardi. Cameron has drawn inspiration from all aspects of the fast-paced city life to create unique, timeless designs.

Veloce Hats strives to support fellow startup businesses and artists of all industries. It understands a diverse city like Los Angeles has tons of creativity to offer, and that these up-and-coming innovators will lead the push toward the city’s artistic future. WEST LA CNCT is proud to debut the promotional video, “Our Summer Daze”, for the collaboration between tank top trend-setters, Once Youth, and Veloce Hats!

Check out all Veloce Hats has to offer HERE!




Foster The People- Pumped Up Kicks

19 Apr

So this is probably my favorite song at the moment. Foster The People is a new indie group that knows how to make some catchy tunes. On the way back from Santa Barbara this weekend, my friend, Meghan, put on “Pumped Up Kicks” and I had to ask what it was because it was so good. You will probably find yourself whistling the melodies in this song throughout the day. Check this out and buy their full EP on iTunes!

Foster The People- Pumped Up Kicks




March 2011 Chart

13 Apr

I have been crazy busy dealing with all things WEST LA CNCT, as well as school work, so I have not had as much time as I would like. My apologies for the date of this post, but better late than never… right? Catch up on all these goodies if you missed them!

1. Avicii- Penguin

2. Wolfgang Gartner- Anthology (Madeon Mashup)

3. Sander Van Doorn- XX Booty (Minnesota RMX)

4. Afrojack- Doing It Right (Original Mix)

5. Benny Benassi feat. Gary Go- Cinema (Laidback Luke Remix)

6. Blueprint- So Alive (Budo Remix)

7. Rusko & Reso- Lick The Lizard

8. Conner Youngblood- A Summer Song

9. James Blake- Limit To Your Love (Freemun Remix)

10. Netsky- Let’s Leave Tomorrow (feat. Bev Lee Harling)




Outside Lands 2011

11 Apr

Outside Lands lineup dropped today! Looks like I will be making my way up to San Francisco in August!




Indie: News of the Fire- Motions and Hints EP

7 Apr

The Palm Desert natives, Dan Fromhart, Nick Tellier, Nico Bergmann, and Blake LeCroy came together to form the up and coming indie rock group, News of the Fire. Their music has a familiar, yet unique and distinct sound, which makes for an easy and enjoyable listening experience. Drawing influences from a diverse pallet of artists such as Modest Mouse, the Pixies, Jack White, and Tokyo Police Club, they created their Motions and Hints EP. I dig this EP a lot and you should too, so check out these tunes and be sure to buy it HERE! Also, they will be playing a Post-Springfest Concert, along with Mojo Stone and Major Large, at USC this Saturday, check out the Facebook event!

News of the Fire- Faces

News of the Fire- 1996

News of the Fire- State of the Art


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Thrill Kill- Night Skys

1 Mar

I received an email from these guys last week and I thought I’d share. Thrill Kill is a collaboration of American Vocalist, John Webb, and Polish Producer, PiMO. They’re sound can be described as a mixture House/Disco/NuWave that “weaves together an ultra chic sound that is not only pleasing to the ears but to the soul” (Press Release). Check it out.

Thrill Kill- Night Skys





Portugal. The Man- The Sun

17 Feb

I recently just discovered the greatness of Portugal. The Man. They will be hitting some festivals around the U.S. this summer, most notably (for me and hopefully you), Bonnaroo. This song is what got me hooked to their indie rock sound. I thought it was going to rain again today, but it turns out that it is a beautiful day with the sun shining. Enjoy “The Sun”.

Portugal. The Man- The Sun




Alex Winston- Locomotive (Jaybird Remix)

17 Feb

I found this song last night and there’s just something about it that’s so good. Whether it’s the great melodies of Alex Winston or the mesmerizing drawn out beats combined with a low bassline; I can’t put my finger on it. Either way, it’s one of the better finds of the week so far. Take it easy.

Alex Winston- Locomotive (Jaybird Remix)



Here’s the original version if you’re feeling more indie today!

Alex Winston- Locomotive





8 Feb

I have recently been turned on to the music of Los Angeles based producer Will Wiesenfeld, also known under the moniker Baths. His music is an excellent combination of acoustic instruments and their electronic counterparts. It falls into no genre, yet incorporates the Los Angeles experimental/glitch/open-for-interpretation sound I love so much. Props to my buddy Alan for this discovery!

Baths- Lovely Bloodflow

Baths- Animals

Baths- ♥ (Daedelus’ Snorelaxed Remix)



November Chart

1 Dec

So I didn’t realize it’s December… what? This year has gone by ridiculously fast and I can’t believe there’s only one more month! Anyway, here’s my chart for November!

1. N.E.R.D & Daft Punk- Hypnotize U (Nero Remix)

2. Deadmau5-Sofi Needs a Ladder

3. Dada Life- Unleash The Fucking Dada (BetatraXx ft. Krystal Vocal Remix)

4. Metric- Twilight Galaxy (Gladkill Remix)

5. Mansions On The Moon- Satellite (MotM x Deadmau5)

6. Minnesota- Kitty Kat

7. Sigur Ros vs. Mobb Deep- Shook (Emancipator Mash Up)

8. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis- Vipassana (Ryan Lewis Remix)

9. Porter Robinson & Lazy Rich Ft. Sue Cho- Hello (Original Mix)

10. Carl Louis & Martin Danielle vs Coldplay, MGMT, Salem Al Fakir- Kids Are True in Technicolor (Carl Louis & Martin Danielle Bootleg)




New Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros!

1 Dec

The always wonderful group, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, recently recorded a new song, “Fire & Water,” in an iTunes Session. The new track features the voice of the female, Jade Castrinos, rather than the usual Alex Ebert, which is a cool switch up. I like this song a lot and I feel it speaks for itself, so when you hit play, be ready for a journey down South complete with horns, harmonicas, guitars, and a melody that’ll keep you coming back for more!

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Indie Rock: Young The Giant, The Holidays

27 Oct

Young The Giant, formerly known as the Jakes, just released their first self-titled album. Although this blog is based primarily in Los Angeles, my hometown is Newport Beach, California, and that just happens to be where Young The Giant wrote their first and latest effort. All five members of the band had gotten together and lived in a house by the ocean. Their “beachy” environment seems to have had great influence on the album in that, “A lot of the ideas on the record spawned from our time there—that concept of eternal summer, of youthfulness,” said Gadhia, the lead vocalist. Their sound definitely resonates with a summer vibe similar to Jack Johnson. These guys definitely deserve a listen! (downloads below video)

Young The Giant- Strings***

Young The Giant- My Body

From a much farther place than Newport Beach from Los Angeles (a 45 minute drive away), a band called, The Holidays, are from a place thousands of miles away: Australia. The land from down under has been putting out some great artists along with The Holidays such as The Temper Trap who have made quite a buzz in the States this past year. The Holidays have been around since 2006, but are only recently gaining international notoriety with their newest release, Post Paradise, which came out last month. Much like Young The Giant, The Holidays have an up-beat summer vibe but with an added tropical twist. I’ve listened to their latest album multiple times through and I have a couple notable songs to share with all of you!

The Holidays- Golden Sun***

The Holidays- 6AM